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Happy New Year!  I hope this edition of the SIGNAL Network Newsletter finds you rested and ready for the year ahead.  I was fortunate enough to spend time on Stewart Island with my young family and also grab a few days of camping in Dunedin.  Many people I have spoken to have taken the opportunity to ease back into the new year with some short weeks.  There is something about this time of year that causes people to reflect, plan ahead, and also perhaps take some time to read & learn.

I've included some links below to some articles I have read recently.

John Spence

I had the pleasure of attending a University of Canterbury Executive Development Programme public talk that John Spence gave on his last visit to New Zealand - I found it very thought provoking and have taken some time to read / watch some of his blog content.  The article above is his look forward (& back) piece for the start of the year.  This echos something that I have seen coming through from a number of sources in the past few months and that resonates strongly with SIGNAL - people, people, people.

Kris Fannin

Kris is someone I found via some of the people SIGNAL follows on Twitter (we are @SIGNALICT on Twitter if you don't follow us yet!) and this article talks about the difference between leadership and management, a useful insight and if reading this has you thinking about your role - check out SIGNAL Xtend our leadership programme - flexible, work based, and focused on you and your growth along with the growth of the organisation that you work with.  

Mark Godenho

A little closer to home, Mark is a Christchurch based marketing strategist (amongst other things..), and MC'd the Canterbury Tech Summit in 2017.

Whilst this blog article is about design briefs, I see close correlation with many other things that we communicate about.  For me it serves as a useful reminder to think about what we are trying to achieve when communicating and what the best method is....

2018 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for SIGNAL and I'm looking forward to welcoming our next group of Shift students who start at the end of February in both Christchurch and Dunedin.  There is still an opportunity to join this cohort so TALK TO US TODAY.

It is great to be able to review and allocate the next group of Educate scholarships for teachers who are upskilling their digital technilogy skills to keep pace with changes.   With the number of teachers coming through this programme, they will provide some fantastic opportunities for young people to get into tech.

 If you are passing our Christchurch or Dunedin studios - please do drop in to say hi! It is always a pleasure to see members of the SIGNAL family.




Career options within Tech are vast and varied, with skills from other domains highly valued.

Tech Careers and Pizza Night - Thursday Feb 8 from 5.30 - 7.30pm

by Kylie Jackson

With NZ's Tech sector in rapid growth, career options are morphing and evolving as we speak! 

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Be part of Techweek 2018! Event Submissions close March 1st

by Kylie Jackson

Techweek 2018 is fast approaching, and Techweek ambassadors in Christchurch and Dunedin have a list of fantastic events lined up, all designed to showcase, inspire, educate and celebrate NZ's tech community, and inspire tomorrow's tech talent! 

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Tech teams are increasingly made up of many 'flavours' ie skills to bring greater variety of insight to all stages of the product cycle.  

"Life is like a box of chocolates" ..... 

by Kylie Jackson

A mix of flavours is certainly the case this year for the 2018 SHIFT cohort with a mix of new graduates, and experienced professionals..... Clinical health practitioners, medical researchers, project managers, artists and product designers are amongst those moving to add tech to their skills base in 2018.

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SIGNAL - Linking Tech Education & Industry

by Kylie Jackson

After nearly a year of operation, Dr Stuart Charters and the SIGNAL team have established many connections within NZ’s tech industry, and with academic specialists across our five partner institutions.  Our aim is to better understand the skills and people needs of NZ’s third largest export earner, and to develop and deliver current and responsive education to support further growth. These links continue to strengthen, and we appreciate the collaboration and support of our many industry partners and our five parent institutions. 

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SIGNAL's Educate programme will assist teachers to deliver the new Digital Technologies curriculum from Year 1 to 10.

2018 Educate Cohort gets ready for action!

by Kylie Jackson

The new Digital Technologies|Hangarau Matihiko curriculum goes live this year, with NZ schools expected to fully integrate the revised learning area into their curriculum by the start of the 2020 school year. From the Ministry of Education website: "The goal of this change is to ensure that all learners have the opportunity to become digitally capable individuals. This change signals the need for greater focus on our students building their skills so they can be innovative creators of digital solutions, moving beyond solely being users and consumers of digital technologies." SIGNAL's Educate programme assists current teachers to implement the latest curriculum.

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In The News...

by Amanda Veldman

Last week Sally Rae, Business Reporter for the Otago Daily Times penned an article on SIGNAL Dunedin, and how it is  helping boost the profile of Dunedin's tech sector.

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